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Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Book Summary

Mattie's family owns a coffee shop in Philadelphia. In the summer of 1793, sickness is spreading, and people are dying. What begins as a struggle to save the family business becomes a struggle to stay alive.
Fever 1793 book cover
Fever 1793

Book Review

This is not a book with the emotional, transformative power this author develops so effectively in Speak, but it is an interesting look at a fictional survivor during the Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic. The historic details are written in a page-turning way, but the book is more about events than character development. There's no extremely mature content that would keep this from being appropriate from most advanced fourth and fifth grade readers.


Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Philadelphia (U.S. capital city in 1793)
  • Epidemics - Yellow Fever
  • Business Plans
  • Surviving Tragedy; Resilience
  • Growing Up
  • Free African Society

Discussion Questions for this book:

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